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Top 5 Tiki Bars in San Diego

Embark on a tropical journey through our latest article, as we delve into the enchanting world of best tiki bars in San Diego.

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Amidst the coastal breeze, we’ll uncover hidden oases where Polynesian flair, exotic cocktails, and laid-back vibes transport you to paradise.

Join us in exploring the intricate thatch work, lively music, and delectable concoctions that make each tiki bar a unique escapade.

Get ready to sip and savor the best of the island spirit in Southern California.

Bali Hai Restaurant

2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: (619) 222-1181
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On my most recent trip to the Pacific coast, I got to experience a little slice of Polynesian paradise called Bali Hai, located at the northern tip of Shelter Island.

I can’t recommend anything other than Bali Hai’s legendary Mai Tai, the world-famous cocktail that’s remained untouched by time since the tiki temple opened its doors in 1955.

They’ve sold over two million of these tropical drinks, and you can watch that number increase from the running tally over the bar.

False Idol

675 W Beech St, San Diego, CA 92101
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Located in Little Italy, False Idol is a hidden Hawaiian haven that offers a tropical escape from the hustle and bustle of urban living.

You can only enter this speakeasy style tiki bar via the secret entrance in Craft & Commerce.

My favorite little touch is the rolling crack of thunder every time the staff serves shareable cocktails, including the fruity and refreshing Pacific Shores Punch.

The Grass Skirt

910 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: (858) 412-5237
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For an authentic, bonafide tropical experience, I recommend The Grass Skirt as one of the best tiki bars in San Diego.

It’s only about a block away from the Pacific Beach shoreline, and designer Davis Krumins nailed the island-style ambiance with every inch oozing with tropical escapism.

They have a stunning selection of tiki cocktails and punchbowls.

My favorite is the Lilikoi Mojito, which adds a tropical passionfruit twist to the classic citrusy flavor profile.

As far as punch bowls, I say get all your friends together to take on The Biggest Kahuna Mai Tai.

Miss B’s Coconut Club

3704 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: (858) 381-0855
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Mission Beach’s Miss B’s Coconut Club is everything you want from a tiki bar– Bright colors, exotic flavors, and a beachside locale, so you’re never too far from the salt spray.

Miss B’s has a craveable Carribean-inspired menu, with selections like their house-battered plantain and coconut shrimp.

There are also plenty of tasty beverages to enjoy with your meal, like Miss B’s take on Twisted Tea and a blanco tequila Coconut Margarita.


1503 30th St, San Diego, CA 92102
Phone: (619) 546-9653
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Kindred caught my eye because it’s a twist on tiki I’ve never seen before, with a touch of gothic romance mixed in with the botanical bounty.

This South Park spot has made a major name for itself, having been named one of Zagat’s Most Important Restaurant Openings in 2016.

Their seasonal menu is always beautifully curated, with plenty of tropical treats on their drinks lineup.

Summer 2023 features the rum-based Rainbow Warrior with Campari, lychee, guava, pineapple, and orange blossom bitters.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

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